Jidai Festival on October 22nd

Jidai Festival Photo
Jidai Festival Photo

For people who happen to be in Kyoto on October 22nd, it is a great idea to go to the city center, because there will be a big festival (more like a parade) called Jidai Festival. Jidai Festival is one of the three biggest festivals in Kyoto along with Aoi Festival (May 15th) and Gion Festival (July).

Jidai Festival Photo
Jidai Festival Photo

Jidai means an era in Japanese. This festival features hundreds of people wearing traditional costumes that represent each era from Meiji Restoration to Enryaku (Heian). Hundreds of years of clothing and culture are condensed into one parade.

Jidai Festival Photo
Jidai Festival Photo

Take a look at the schedule below and decide on which spot to see the parade. And remember that it will take about two hours to see the whole parade from beginning to end.

Kyoto Imperial Palace (12:00) - Karasuma Marutamachi (12:30) - Karasuma Oike (12:50) - Kawaramachi Oike (13:20) - Kawaramachi Sanjo (13:30) - Sanjo Jingumichi (14:10) - Heian Jingu Shrine(14:30)
Except for Imperial Palace and Heian Jingu, each spot above is an intersection consisting of the two named streets (For example, Karasuma Oike = Karasuma street and Oike street).

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